Nonfiction

Neil Gaiman on Gene Wolfe, ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 trailer, all 37 Batman TV villains, comics ‘n’ sci-fi chatter plus ‘Peanuts’ vs. ‘The Thing’

June 22, 2019

(Above: Bruce Pennington’s cover for Wolfe’s “Shadow of the Torturer”) At a time when TV adaptations of classic works of SF/F are coming fast and thick, Neil Gaiman’s appreciation of the late Gene Wolfe‘s most famous work is also a testimonial to the pleasures of simply reading: Writing in the Times Literary Supplement, Gaiman called […]

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“I just don’t want it to be the only thing people know about her”: Elana Levin on Dark Phoenix and Jean Grey as a feminist icon

June 21, 2019

Comics expert, podcaster and community organizer Elana Levin brings high-level feminist discourse and deep comics in this conversation about one the most powerful women to ever soar out of the four-color medium and into our imagination.

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Everything I know about ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ I learned from ‘B.P.R.D.’ (review)

June 19, 2019

The plot, such as it is, involves a misguided alliance between a noble scientist and cold-blooded ecoterrorists. There’s some good acting — as well as some scenery-chewing, in the literal sense as well as metaphorically.

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Miyazaki museum show, Starfleet on Mars, new ‘Dune’ TV serial, ‘Swamp Thing’ canceled, Mothra theme song and more

June 15, 2019

This week in Flotsam & Jetsam, our weekly overview of pop-cultural driftwood and sea-glass we trawled up from the Internet, its a giant heaping net full of comics, TV and sci-fi, from Dune to Star Trek, from Magneto to Miyazaki, from Swamp Thing to the execrable Alex Jones paying his dues for misusing Matt Furie’s […]

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‘Dark Phoenix’ and the persistence of Jean Grey

June 15, 2019

Marvel Girl, Phoenix, Dark Phoenix — Jean Grey is passionate, committed, and enormously powerful as a person. She’s not merely as a hero and a wielder of power, but as a moral force for human actualization.

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Godzilla, Bugs Bunny, anti-fascism: We read the Internet so you don’t have to

June 8, 2019

Popular Mechanics, unable to suspend its disbelief, provides an awesome illo and a few paragraphs of pure science that handily disprove the possibility of anything as huge as Godzilla ever walking the Earth. Intellectual Takeout mag argues that classic cartoons “did more than mind-numbingly entertain a generation of children” — they also “introduced millions of […]

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